Top three RWC Draw bands confirmed

(IRB.COM) Sunday 30 November 2008
Top three RWC Draw bands confirmed
Ma'a Nonu of New Zealand, seeded in the top RWC Draw band, tries to break past Riki Flutey of England, seeded in the second band

The top three bands for the Rugby World Cup 2011 Pool Allocation Draw, based on the IRB World Rankings as of 30 November, have been confirmed following matches on 29 November.

For the first time the IRB World Rankings will be used to seed the 12 pre-qualified teams from RWC 2007 into bands for the draw, which takes place in London at 15:00 on Monday 1 December. As in RWC 2007, there will be four pools of five teams in RWC 2011.

The teams in the top three bands are as follows:

Band 1: New Zealand, South Africa, Australia, Argentina
Band 2: Wales, England, France, Ireland
Band 3: Scotland, Fiji, Italy, Tonga

The final two positions in each pool will be allocated to the eight qualifying places still available for RWC 2011. The banding of these eight teams is as follows:

Band 4: Americas 1, Europe 1, Europe 2, Oceania 1
Band 5: Africa 1, Americas 2, Asia 1, Play Off place

The teams in each band will be drawn randomly into one of the four pools.

The Draw will be streamed live from 15:00 UK time on Monday 1 December on

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Rankings changes following Saturday's matches

England's 32-6 defeat against New Zealand means that they drop to sixth in the latest IRB World Rankings, which will be published on on Monday at 12 midday UK time.

Had England defeated New Zealand, they would have moved above Argentina into fourth, and into the top band of teams for the RWC 2011 Pool Allocation Draw.

Wales will move up to fifth in the IRB World Rankings on Monday thanks to their 21-18 win over Australia. Had they beaten Australia by more than 15 points, Wales could have moved into fourth and the top RWC Draw band, at the expense of Argentina.